Tourism & Heritage
7:09 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Kentucky Tourism Commissioner Resigns

AP Report...

Kentucky Tourism Commissioner Mike Cooper has resigned following a flap over a British marketing firm paid to promote Kentucky tourism in the United Kingdom.  Cooper announced his resignation, effective March 15th, Wednesday evening.  He says he's leaving because of issues raised over a website created by Gosh P.R. The website promoted Kentucky to British tourists as a place to play "roadkill bingo" while visiting horse farms and bourbon distilleries. State officials canceled the $179,900-a-year contract with the firm Wednesday, a day after asking the company take the website down so officials could review it.  Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson says some site content was offensive, including a game to track the number of dead animals along roadsides. Cooper says the firm made serious errors in creating the website and that it was his responsibility to catch those errors.